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Kabasakal Badamchi, Devrim (2015) 'Justifications of Freedom of Speech:Towards a Double-grounded Non-consequentialist Approach.' Philosophy and Social Criticism, 41 (9). pp. 907-927.

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This article aims to develop a ground for freedom of speech that combines two justifications – democratic participation and autonomy. First, it is argued that consequentialist justifications, such as discovery of truth and personal development, are far from providing a strong justification for free speech due to their reliance on uncertain empirical validation. Second, it is claimed that a stronger and better ground for free speech can be constructed by articulating two non-consequentialist justifications for free speech – democratic participation and autonomy. This articulation, which I call the double-grounded non-consequentialist justification for free speech, considers autonomy and democratic participation as complementary principles. In this sense, a double-grounded justification engages justification as autonomy and democratic participation in a dialogue in order to provide remedies for the specific weaknesses of these two positions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: autonomy, democratic participation, free speech, free speech principle, freedom of expression
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice
School Research Centres > Centre for Human Rights Law
Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies
School Research Centres
ISSN: 01914537
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2014. This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by SAGE in Philosophy and Social Criticism, available online:
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Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 07:21

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